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John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on proposals for changes to the United Nations convention on biological diversity to legalise an international market in terminator seeds. 
Terminator seeds are plants bred using genetic use restriction technologies known as GURTs. The parties to the United Nations convention on biological diversity decided, in 2000, that there should be a
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precautionary approach to the use of GURTs while research into the possible impacts of these technologies was carried out. Parties at the meeting in March, this year, will consider a recommendation by the convention's subsidiary body for scientific technical and technological advice to reaffirm the previous decision. The subsidiary body's recommendation also encourages parties to continue to undertake further research on the impacts of GURTs and to share information from these studies and addresses capacity building for decision making in developing countries. Parties at the meeting will also consider a report on related matters from one of the convention's inter-sessional working groups before deciding what further decision is appropriate.
Our position at the meeting will take full account of these reports, as well as the EU's own regulatory regime which requires that no GM seed may be marketed in the EU unless it has been specifically approved by the member states. Decisions on applications to market GMOs are made on a case-by-case basis taking full account of a scientific assessment of the particular GMO and the risks associated with its use against the criteria in the EU legislation. An application for a GMO incorporating GURTs would be dealt with in the same way as any other GMO. Approval would only be granted if the evidence showed that a deliberate release of the GMO would not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) post on his Department's website documents prepared by his Department for the trade negotiations meeting in Hong Kong; which departmental officials accompanied him to the meeting; and what carbon offset measures were established to cover the Department's delegation. 
Mr. Thomas: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for International Development, attended part of the conference; he was accompanied by his principal private secretary. DFID officials who attended all or part of the conference with my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State, as part of the UK delegation, were: the Director of Europe, Trade and International Financial Institutions Departments, the Head of the International Trade Department and other departmental officials.
No carbon offset measures specific to this conference were established, but DFID is committed to reducing carbon emissions from official air travel and, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has developed a pilot programme to help neutralise greenhouse gases. Under this pilot Programme, DFID staff can exchange air miles earned on official travel for earth miles" at an agreed conversion value. Our aim is for partner airlines to return some of the revenue from flights sold to DFID to pay for a portfolio of 'carbon offset' projects. Carbon offsets, for example, clean energy technology or sustainable land use would neutralise carbon dioxide emissions and contribute to sustainable development in developing countries. We have set up agreements on this
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with three major airlines. In addition to this pilot programme, the Prime Minister has announced that offsetting would apply to all central Government Departments from April 2006.
I have arranged for the document entitled 'trade and development package for G90' which was prepared by DFID for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial in Hong Kong to be deposited in the Libraries of the House. It sets out our view of a package of measures to assist the least developed and other poor and vulnerable WTO member countriesa 'development package'. The UK has been working to build international support for these measures, on which some progress was made in Hong Kong. Other documents produced in the run up to the ministerial will not be made public, since to do so may prejudice the Government's ability to negotiate in the UK's interests and would be likely to prejudice our relations with other states.
Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate has been made by his Department of the amount of electricity used by (a) television sets, (b) video recorders, (c) DVD player recorders, (d) microwave ovens, (e) modems and (f) answerphones in stand-by mode. 
While we do not collect detailed information available about all appliances that have a stand-by function the Government's Market Transformation Programme (MTP) does have information relating to the energy consumed in stand-by for those appliances that account for the large majority of energy consumed in UK households. This information is set out in MTP Briefing Note BNXS36 (available via www.mtprog.com).
|(a) Television sets||1,113|
|(b) Video recorders||2,282|
|(c) DVD Player recorders||(1)238|
|(d) Microwave ovens||415|
|(e) Modems||(2)19 to 456|
The Department's economists keep abreast of the considerable body of research that is publicly available on food retailing trends in the UK. The Department itself also commissions and publishes relevant food and drink research from time to time, such as AEA Technology's report on 'food miles' published in July 2005 and work currently under way regarding productivity levels.
Ian Pearson: Information on the UK's imports of goods from Burma are not yet available for the whole of 2005. The latest data available is for the period January to October 2005. This is provided in the following table:
|84||Articles of apparel and clothing accessories||17,209|
|03||Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, etc. (not marine mammals)||4,514|
|82||Furniture, bedding, mattresses, cushions and similar stuffed furnishing||3,711|
|63||Cork and wood manufactures (excluding furniture)||1,073|
|69||Manufactures of metal nes||820|
|24||Cork and wood||783|
|05||Vegetables and fruit||531|
|89||Miscellaneous manufactured articles nes||313|
|71||Power generating machinery and equipment||203|
|07||Coffee, tea, cocoa, spices and manufactures thereof||181|
|76||Telecoms and sound recording and reproducing apparatus||180|
|9-||Low value and other goods not classified elsewhere||169|
|77||Electrical machinery, appliances, nes and parts thereof||121|
|66||Non-metallic mineral manufactures||74|
|83||Travel goods, handbags and similar containers||42|
|81||Prefabricated buildings; sanitary, plumbing, heating, lighting||30|
|62||Rubber manufactures nes||26|
|75||Office machines and ADP equipment||21|
|88||Photographic apparatus, supplies & optical goods, watches and clocks||21|
|65||Textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles, nes||17|
|64||Paper, paperboard, and articles of paper pulp; etc.||5|
|12||Tobacco and tobacco manufactures||3|
|87||Professional, scientific and control instruments (and apparatus nes)||3|
|67||Iron and steel||2|
|74||General industrial machinery and equipment, nes||1|
|79||Other transport equipment||1|
|Total UK imports of goods from Burma||30,857|
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